Quieter than Los Cabos yet just as charming, La Paz is the ideal destination for culture lovers and sun worshippers. Though you could easily while away weeks in the Baja Peninsula, one day in La Paz is just enough to see the city’s highlights. Here’s how.
Morning: Explore the City
Get your bearings in La Paz’s historic center on a walking tour, which typically lead you along the malecón (boardwalk) and make stops at La Paz Cathedral and the Juárez Theatre. Or, hone in on the city’s murals on a street art tour. Just be sure to get started early in order to beat the heat.
Afternoon: Take to the Sea
Once the sun reaches its peak, take refuge in the salty waters Pacific Ocean while swimming with whale sharks. The coast of La Paz is one of the top places in the world to spot whale sharks in their natural habitat—full- or half-day tours increase your chances of spotting the giants and typically include round-trip transfers from your hotel for ease.
Alternatively, head to the UNESCO-protected Espiritu Santo Island, where you can spot sea lions, swim and snorkel, and lunch on secluded beaches. Plus, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the La Paz coastline en route.
Night: Dine at Leisure
For your first and last night in La Paz, return to the malecón to catch the sunset. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of the city’s top restaurants for an indulgent dinner and drinks. Sampling some of the region’s seafood is a must—look out for specialties like almejas chocolatas rellenas (stuffed clams). Then, head to one of La Paz’s bars to sample several smoky mezcal shots; some dedicated mezcal bars offer immersive tasting sessions.